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Senior Children & Wellbeing Practitioner

West London NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa annum plus HCAS
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a dynamic band 5 CWP to join our friendly team and support the delivery of low intensity interventions in the Community CAMHS services for children young people and in Hounslow.

Hounslow CCAMHS has a very well established and highly valued team of CWPs within it. You will be working under the supervision of a CWP supervisor and will play a key role in supporting band 4 Trainee CWPs.

Main duties of the job

In addition to holding your own Guided Self-Help caseload, you will also work alongside Psychologists, Family Therapists, and Admin staff as part of a multidisciplinary team where there will be opportunities to extend your clinical skills through joint working. You may also be involved in offering consultation/training to different professional groups. You will attend regular team and service meetings and will be able to develop a good understanding of how CAMHS services work.

About us

The Community CAMHS Team is part of a thriving CAMHS service in Hounslow, which also includes a Child and Family Team, a Community Adolescent Team, a Neurodevelopmental Team, and a Mental Health Support Team for Schools. Hounslow CAMHS operates as part of a wider three-borough CAMHS service, including Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham, within West London Mental Health Trust.

Hounslow CAMHS and London Borough of Hounslow have a good history of successful multi-agency work. The multi-agencies involved are keen to develop and integrate mental health services for children and their families in as seamless a way as possible.

The team provides a proactive and creative intervention service for vulnerable children, young people and their families/carers and innovative work is actively encouraged. Hounslow is a culturally diverse borough committed to providing culturally appropriate services to families.

Hounslow CCAMHS operates from the Meadows Centre for Health, Hounslow. TW4 7NJ. We are still operating under a blended working approach due to Covid but are working towards an increasing proportion of clinic based work.

Job description Job responsibilities

As part of the Children and Wellbeing Practitioner Team within the CCAMHS Tier 2 provision to assess and deliver outcome focused, evidence-based interventions to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties

Working in partnership, support children, young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families

Work in partnership with children, young people and families in the development of plans for the intervention and agreed outcomes

Support and empower children, young people and families to make informed choices about intervention

Operate at all times from an inclusive values base, which recognises and respects diversity

Accept referrals within agreed national and local protocols

Adhere to the service referral protocols and signpost unsuitable referrals to the relevant service as necessary.

Provide a range of information and support for evidence based psychological treatments. This may include guided self-help. This work may be face-to-face, by telephone or via other media.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Children and Young People's Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Qualification from accredited training provider
  • Psychology or other health /social care/youth related undergraduate degree
  • Other relevant postgraduate degree
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
  • Demonstrates an understanding of common mental health problems experienced by children and young people
  • Understands why it is essential to use evidence-based interventions when possible
  • Understands why collecting feedback from children, young people and parents is important
  • Experience of MDT working Significant practice experience in relevant first profession.
  • Experience of working with children and adolescents in a mental health or equivalent settings.
  • Experience of multi-agency work
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience of working with children with neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g. ASC, ADHD, Mild-moderate LD)
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place to demonstrating outcomes
  • Able to identify common mental health problems in children and young people

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